The Bible is very blunt about gossip and slander, condemning them at every turn. They are included on several New Testament lists of bad behavior. But they are so easy to let slip! What do we do?
Gossip and slander are everywhere! In a recent podcast, the kindest definitions we could come up with were; Gossip - hushed, idle and careless talk. Creating or repeating things that aren’t true, aren’t complete and are nobody’s business. Slander - an out loud misrepresentation of someone with the intent to damage them. Gossip and slander are permanent residents in our daily lives. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Criticism. If given properly produces excellence, motivation and champions. Given improperly it produces anger, retribution and failure. Same action, opposite results – why? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Would the people who see us on Sunday recognize us on a random Wednesday at our jobs? When we are faced with ethical dilemmas or something as "innocent" as office gossip, do we stand up for what is right? Hold our tongue and wait for it to be over? Or do we cross a line we can't quite see because we squint a little? Watch this short blog and then listen to the full podcast of the same name for practical ideas on how to maintain your focus on God while at work.
Are some transgressions worse than others? Can we find solace in the thought that “at least my sins are not as bad as that guy over there!” Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Sin is like a dessert buffet line. As you pass by you can’t help but notice the variety and the aromas, and it makes you just want to indulge...all the while knowing you just need to keep on walking. But is all sin bad? Are some worse than others? How can we redirect away from its pitfalls?
Gossip – is it ever useful or good or is it always a waste of time and bad? Have you ever stopped to consider just how much of our present culture not only accepts gossip but places it in the enviable and important position of being a core and driving value of our everyday existence? Think about just how many publications, TV programs, talk shows and news items are driven by gossip. Now think about how much of our conversations at our work place or with our friends revolve around gossip. If you see it as I do, we are relentlessly inundated with gossip at every turn. So, what can we do about it? What should we do about it? How can we reduce the role of gossip in our lives and what should we replace it with?
Gossip – it is an integral part of our society and has been a constant in the history of humanity since the beginning of recorded history. If gossip is such a staple to society, doesn’t it seem reasonable that there must be something redeemable about it? By the way, did you hear what happened to… Aw, c’mon, did you really think we were gonna go there? Gossip – what is it? How does it work? Is there ever a time or place when gossip is a good thing? Stay with us – this is gonna be juicy!!
After talking about complaining last week, it makes sense to look at the flip side – how to communicate - for good and positive reasons that is! What makes a great communicator? Is it charisma? Is it your words? Your message? What about body language? Where does passion fit? What made Jesus such a master at drawing people? Does the Bible define communication the same way we do today?